As a Ridley student, Sheilagh Croxon ‘82 was a member of both the swim and cross-country teams. She developed a passion for synchronized swimming at a young age, which drove her to achieve extraordinary success as both athlete and coach beyond the Ridley gates.
A significant career highlight was her team’s performance at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, which resulted in a bronze medal finish. The recognition was sweet but she is most proud of the journey, years of tireless effort and hard work which moved her team from a fifth-place world ranking to the Olympic podium—performing some of the most memorable choreography in the history of synchro.
Not surprisingly, Sheilagh insists perseverance is the secret to success. “When you are present everyday and focus on the joy of the work, the results take care of themselves,” she advises. These days, she takes joy in ensuring the legacy of sport. As an internationally recognized coach and consultant, Sheilagh has received countless honours: she was named twice as one of the 20 Most Influential Women in Canadian Sport; is a two-time Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award winner; and has been named Ontario Female Coach of the Year three times over.
“Excellence is not an act but a habit.”